Insulated Metal Panels are manufactured in a variety of styles and sizes depending on application. Steel is the predominant facing material, providing economy with excellent durability. The facings provide aesthetic appeal, act as control layers, protect the foam core from damage and ensure long term thermal performance, lower construction, operating and maintenance costs throughout the life span of the facility.
Moisture intrusion in a wall system can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation. This course will review the cause and effects of moisture intrusion, and more specifically the forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify different rainscreen technologies and ASTM testing standards that measure their performance. We will discuss fiber cement panels and how they can be used as a rainscreen to reduce moisture build-up, rotting interior walls and mold growth. By the end of the course you will understand basic design approaches and guidelines for installing fiber cement panels as a rainscreen.
Traditional fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) ceiling tiles and wall panels have been used since the 1950’s and 1960’s in building nationwide. Innovations in new plastic ceiling tiles and non-fiberglass reinforced plastic (NRP) wall panels offer an excellent alternative. New plastic ceiling tiles are waterproof, mold-resistant, and can provide numerous sustainable design benefits. At the same time, NRP improves on the benefits of FRP such as mold, bacteria, moisture, chemical and stain resistance. It is also a sustainable product with fewer health hazards.
This course will compare materials used for ceiling tiles and wall panels, as well as describe their importance in mitigating moisture issues and designing sustainable, healthy buildings.
Understanding the Performance Characteristics of Architectural Wall Panels in Extreme Weather Conditions
The rapidly rising rate of extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, and drought, is plaguing municipalities and building owners throughout the United States. The construction industry, from product manufacturers to architects and engineers, is quickly realizing its obligation to design and build resilient structures that can withstand forces of nature such as high wind, flooding, and wildfire.
Fiber cement architectural wall panels are one such building product that can be installed as a rainscreen and have been proven to withstand these elements. This course will explore the societal, economic, and environmental costs of extreme weather events; the importance of building resiliency; and how high-performance architectural wall panels can help meet this end.
Thermal bridging is a common occurrence in many mid-rise, high-rise, and multifamily structures, particularly if there are balconies. The effects of thermal bridging can range from occupant discomfort to the accumulation of mold and condensation to energy loss and inefficiency. By understanding the terminology associated with thermal bridging and learning how to identify where in a wall assembly thermal bridging occurs, specifiers can better mitigate its effects. One strategy that can help earn LEED credits, as well as adhere to code, is to include thermal breaks in the design strategy.
This course is designed to expand understanding of basic aluminum glazing systems, specifically storefront, window wall, and curtain wall systems. After completing this course, learners will be able to effectively select the appropriate aluminum glazing system for projects in order to achieve the desired aesthetics while providing optimal performance.
Acoustic Considerations and Door Systems in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Office Facilities
An architect that designs buildings with acoustics in mind will create better environments for the end user, improving everything from patient healthcare outcomes to student reading and test scores. However, a room is only as good as its weakest link, and while walls and ceilings often are discussed when it comes to acoustics, door systems seldom are.
Improving acoustics in commercial and institutional buildings can benefit occupants within healthcare, hospitality, education, and office environments. This course will discuss how door systems specifically play a vital acoustic role within each sector.
Steel and aluminum cladding are popular choices specified for building construction. These materials are suitable across a wide range of applications and have many benefits, such as ease of installation and durability. This course will detail the metal types used for different architectural metal wall panels and suitable applications of each. A comparison of these materials will be examined throughout the course, as well as an analysis of various coating and finishing products will enhance architects’ knowledge of which products to specify for multiple projects, and why. Finally, sources of panel challenges will help designers and builders avoid unnecessary irregularities and ensure superior performance of metal wall panels.
Innovative Materials Help Energy Innovation Center Earn LEED Platinum Certification and Historic Tax Credits (Print Course)
The newly renovated, LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center (EIC), is a collaborative hub that supports the Pittsburgh region’s emerging clean technologies. High-tech building materials can be found throughout the historic facility, showcasing chemistry as a sustainable solution and helping the Energy Innovation Center maintain its sustainable footprint.
Large gauged porcelain panels/slabs are light, strong and durable, and can be used in projects where other materials would be too thick or heavy. Panels can help with sustainable design or “green” building requirements.\
This course will explore new options for large gauged porcelain panels available for architects and designers. It will highlight not only the manufacturing process and product characteristics, but also the application and installation requirements associated with the material, along with new industry standards.